People watch the trial in al-Tariq al-Jadidah, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Live coverage of STL gives Lebanese public insight into workings of courtAs he rushed to finish preparing a flower arrangement for a client, Abu Hisham's eyes were fixed on the television suspended in the corner of his shop where the Special Tribunal for Lebanon trial was unfolding live.Abu Hisham, a resident of Al-Tariq al-Jadideh, said the international-backed court was the only means to reveal the truth into former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's assassination.Ramez Maluf, a professor of mass communication at Balamand University, said live coverage of the proceedings gives the Lebanese public important insight into the workings of the court.Mohammad al-Mays, who works in a sweets shop in the same neighborhood as Abu Hisham, said he was impressed with the court's professionalism.Maluf said that although the coverage lends a decided air of transparency to the proceedings, most people have already decided whether the four accused Hezbollah supporters are guilty or innocent.Still, Mohsen stressed that the novelty of the trial coverage might soon wear thin.
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